krysten ritter at the big eyes premiere"Big Eyes" is Tim Burton's new real life ensemble drama based on the story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), an American artist who popularized a series of paintings and prints depicting doe-eyed waifs. The prints were wildly popular but misleading, since Margaret's husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) took credit for the work himself. In the movie, Krysten Ritter plays DeeAnn, a friend of Margaret's who shows her the ways of San Francisco and is the first to express doubts about her relationship with Walter.

In our exclusive clip from the movie, you can see DeeAnn escorting Margaret around '60s San Francisco while Margaret looks on, naively soaking it all in. It's a cute little scene and gives you a taste of the flavor and mood of Burton's "Big Eyes."

Big Eyes - Clip No. 1

We also got a chance to chat up Ritter, and she talks about how long she's wanted to be a part of a Tim Burton movie, where her character came from, participating in this year's "Veronica Mars" movie and, of course, her involvement in the upcoming Marvel Netflix series "AKA Jessica Jones," based on the comic book by Brian Michael Bendis.

Moviefone: How did you become a part of this project?

Krysten Ritter: Honestly, the good old-fashioned way -- I got the script from my agent and I went on the audition and read in front of a casting agent and got the job.

Had you always wanted to be in a Tim Burton movie?

I had always wanted to be in a Tim Burton movie, and it only took me ten years.

You look like a Tim Burton character!

Yes -- how did it take ten years? I was such a fan, I was dying to work with him. If you had asked me back in 2004, I would have told you how much I wanted to be in a Tim Burton movie and every year thereafter.

Was the experience everything you had hoped it would be?

Oh yeah -- and more! Because the first day I was super nervous to meet him, as you would be with someone that you idolize. So I was on my best behavior and standing up straight and nervous. But he was so warm and encouraging and nurturing and so accessible and such a great director. It blew my mind. On the last day he said, "I really liked working with you, I hope we can do it again." I was like, "Did someone hear that?!"

It's going to be Johnny Depp, Michael Keaton, and you.

Let's hope.

Was your character in "Big Eyes" based on a certain character or was it an amalgam?

Both. So Margaret had one friend that Walter ran off. So that is there but the writers created DeeAnn to get everybody up to speed. They told me she's part fiction, part nonfiction.

Did you do any additional research?

I did some Googling and looked at the art, but the script is really informative.

What do you think of their art?

I have the one from the poster, I was given it as a gift from the movie. So it's on my fireplace, but as a film memento. If I wasn't given one as part of a movie, I probably wouldn't have it up.

Do you remember the first time you had seen these?

When I saw them, I remembered like, "Oh yeah, I've seen these before." But I didn't really know who Margaret Keane was and I certainly didn't know her story and that her husband was taking credit for her work.

What was it like working with Amy?

Well, Amy, she's such a phenomenal actress and somebody that I always watched. I remember seeing her in "Junebug" and thinking, "Who the f*ck was that?!" So working with her was awesome and just watching her and observing her and seeing what she did between takes was fun.

Another movie you did earlier this year was "Veronica Mars."

Oh yes, "Veronica Mars"!

What was it like coming back to that character?

Never, in a million years, did I think that that was a possibility. Never in a million years. So when Rob Thomas emailed me when it was still a germ idea, asking me if I would be interested, I said, "Huh?! Okay!" I didn't even need to read the script. I was so down. I was like, "I'm there -- what do you want me to do?"

Were you moved by the fact that the fans paid for it and then it had this great response?

I thought it was so cool. Doing something that was bought and paid for by the fans because they want it... It's a totally special thing that I've never been a part of before. Nobody has.

Is there anything else that you've done that you'd like to see resurrected? A "Don't Trust the B- in Apartment 23" movie?

Oh, I would totally do a "Don't Trust the B– in Apartment 23" movie, in five seconds. For sure. I'd love to see where Chloe is two years later.

I know we can't talk much about it, but I wanted to congratulate you on your big job on "AKA Jessica Jones."

My big job!

Now you're part of this whole thing.

I'm very excited about it.

What appealed to you about "Jessica Jones"? Was it the challenge of it? Was it being part of this whole universe?

The big draw -- all of the above. I would love to be on Netflix, they're doing the coolest shows, I'd love to be a part of the Marvel Universe because they're amazing and they know what they're doing, and to be portraying Jessica Jones with a female showrunner... I don't think I could have designed a cooler f*cking opportunity. The comics are so dope. I feel like I'm just devouring them. I'm very excited and it's going to be f*cking badass.

"Big Eyes" hits theaters Christmas Day.
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